DVD Review: Equals
Conceal, don't feel.
Sometime in the future, society has figured out how to suppress all emotion. Those who do show signs of it are diagnosed with SOS - switched on syndrome. They're given medicine to try to combat emotion before they're taken off for more intense deprogramming. Silas (Nicholas Holt) after witnessing a suicide of a colleague notices Nia (Kristen Stewart) subtly reacting. He starts to feel different, and ends up being diagnosed with SOS. He and Nia start having an affair, and try to hide it for their own good.
Director Drake Doremus brought us films like Breath In and Like Crazy that I adored. Equals is very different on the outside, but explores a similiar theme: love. Forbidden love as well. Terrible things happen to people caught "coupling" as it's explained, so Nia and Silas have to be extra careful.
Holt and Stewart both eventually give great performances. As do actors like Guy Pearce and Jacki Weaver who show up later. I say "eventually" because the whole point is to act like they don't have any emotions at the beginning. The problem with the film is that it ends up being far too ambiguous. What is the point of the work they're doing? What happens next? These are all questions that I asked myself more than once as the film chugged along. It feels rather aimless and that's disappointing when Doremus' previous films had so much purpose.
Memorable Quote: "I don't feel it anymore." - Silas (Nicholas Holt)